Master of Science in Architectural Studies


1. Title and Origin:
• Master of Science in Architectural Studies (MSAS)
Awarded by: University of Florida, USA

2. Program Summary:

This is a master’s degree program major in Sustainable Design. The three-semester UF Master of Science in Architectural Studies (major in Sustainable Design) program leads to a post-graduate professional degree in the specialized field of sustainable design. Open to applicants with a bachelor’s degree in any field, it is an excellent opportunity for enhancing a student’s educational background, professional qualifications or teaching credentials through individualized, in-depth and interdisciplinary research in specific areas under the guidance of faculty specialists.

The program is what’s known in the industry as a hybrid distance education program. It is designed for participants who are working or for whatever reason, cannot pick up and leave to attend a master’s program full time. A variety of tools is used to ensure that the program is equal to or better than what any student would experience if they were on campus full time.

Each course has lectures, reading assignments and online assessments which are delivered asynchronously – meaning, that one can study according to his/her schedule and review the material as often as necessary.

Additionally, there is a weekly video conference to discuss the course materials with the group – essentially, it is a graduate seminar format.

There are several “fly-in” sessions to give everyone face-to-face time in concentrated workshop formats. There are two trips: one is to Gainesville and another one is to Singapore/the Netherlands – the airfare and food of which are in addition to the tuition (we provide accommodations and local transportation on these trips).


3. Entry Requirements:
Academic Requirements:

• A four-year U.S. bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, or a four-year international equivalent.

• Some professional work experience defined broadly that can serve as a foundation for the field of sustainability. Some design experience or training is useful but not required as this is an interdisciplinary program.

• An official Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score. A score of 140 on the verbal section is considered a minimum by the Graduate Council.

• A statement of purpose for enrolling in the program (about 2 pages double spaced) specifically addressing applicant’s qualifications, research interest to pursue for the thesis and other relevant information.

• Three letters of recommendation from people qualified to assess your academic performance or professional experience.

Age Requirement: 

• Minimum age: 21

English Requirements:

• TOEFL IBT 80, or
• IELTS 6, or
• MELAB 77


4. Total Course Duration/Instruction Hours:
• Full Time: 12 Months/360 hours, 5 sessions per week x 3 hours
• Part Time: 12 Months/360 hours, 5 sessions per week x 2 hours 


5. Mode of Delivery and Intake:
• Delivery: Online classes, Lectures and Tutorials
• Intake: May of each year


6. Course Fees:

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• Please follow your signed student contract to make the relevant payment.

• Students and parents shall transfer the course fees directly to ACE bank account or make the payment to ACE finance department.

• Students and parents shall pay attention to the risk of paying course fees through recruitment agents or other third parties.


7. Course Synopses and Module Description:

Design for learners are interested in focused research in selected aspects of architecture from backgrounds in real-estate development, engineering, and other fields associated in some way with architecture, although this is not a prerequisite of the program.


1. Ecological Issues in Sustainability 1
2. Ecological Issues in Sustainability 2
3. Greening Existing Buildings
4. International Construction Management
5. International Sustainable Development
6. Introduction to Sustainability Research
7. Masters Research Project
8. Planning and Design Studio in Sustainability
9. Research Project Development
10. Sustainable Design Issues and Methods
11. Sustainable Design Problem Solving
12. Sustainable Urbanism
13. Technology Methods
14. Thesis


8. Graduation Requirement:
• Pass any 10 modules (total 36 credits)


9. Assessment Methods:
• 45% Assignment (Homework, Quizzes, Group work & etc)
• 25% Mid-Term Examination
• 30% Final Examination


10. Lecturers:
Please refer to this page for the relevant lecturers being assigned to the relevant modules.


11. Academic Progression:

Please refer to this page for ACE Program Academic Progression Path.


If you need any extra information about this course, please click here to write to ACE course consultants.

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